OHLONE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Video Conference Room / Fremont Campus
43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont, CA94539
October 9, 2006 ADOPTED
PRESENT: Doug Treadway Sheldon Helms
Silva Cheryl Lambert
Deanna Walston Joanne Schultz
Stagnaro Susan Myers
Schurtz Tim Roberts
Niyongabo Tom Holcomb
MEMBERS ABSENT: Jimmy Dempsey
ASOC rep (1)
- Approval of Council Minutes (09/25/06)
Seconded/Lambert; Passed to approve the September 25, 2006
College Council minutes.
- Sustainability Program Development
Announcement distributed for “Coordinator of College Sustainability” (draft)
to find a real "go getter" to assist with task force that will also
be established. This is open to any full
time employee. 50% assignment. Hoping to announce via e-mail tomorrow.
50%, does that mean it's exchangeable with someone’s duties as an adjunct or
any other position? Yes
limit or “term” for the position? Open
ended, at this time. Could evolve into a
full-time position, so not setting any constraints until the program is up and
Treadway attended national meeting with ~15 other college presidents, part of
new organization / association for sustainability in higher education. Hoping to have 1,000 colleges participating a
year from now in US, Canada, Mexico to pledge to reduce campus emissions by 15%. Based on Kiyoto agreement, but not that
detailed. Doug representing Community
Colleges in this organization. Will
bring statement to College Council for endorsement. Point is to have institutions step forward
into sustainable practices.
care facilities also moving in this direction.
Hospitals of the future; 40 new facilities will have sustainability
Bay Area Community Colleges participating?
Treadway: at CCIE conference
(Community Colleges for Int’l Education) this past week, contacted 6 other CC
Valley, LA City, etc.), seeking leadership for
- Plan for CC Meeting @ Newark Campus
meeting in Newark before rainy/dark season, to experience Newark campus.
tour of new campus; then hold meeting at SillimanCenter.
on October 23rd @ NWK.
- Dialogue on Accreditation Theme: Institutional Commitments
Wright's blogspot is accreditationdialogue.blogspot.com and lists
will come to Council meetings and interact with Council to report what they're
doing related to each standard. Council
will review and dialogue re: accreditation themes.
themes: (refer to blog for details).
then requested and recorded Council comments regarding Ohlone's “commitment to
- Board of Trustees: Agenda &
Discussion of 10/11 meeting
- Dr. Treadway expressed appreciation to
Council, SEIU, CSEA for statements of support at the 9/27 Board meeting.
- 9/27 meeting comments:
- Sheldon: Our pleasure, responsibility,
and in our best interest to have supported President. Thanks to Elizabeth & Susan
- Campus coming together so strongly for
this. Under fire, even with our
difference, when "going gets tough", we come together.
- Susan: Stressful, but the first time
it felt like a family. Support
evident. Solidarity. Strengthened community, regardless of
- Faculty Senate has had meeting looking
towards 10/11 meeting. Have not
prepared any pre-meeting stance.
Will wait and react based on what happens. Clarified that intent of resolutions was
not "formal charges".
Senate stands by their resolutions.
- Agenda item: Reorganization of Board
Officers. Assuming that there will
be action to remove current chair and elect new chair.
- Three members of board met w/legal
counsel to address due process.
Long meeting due to one member insisting that there needed to be
formal charges. Came to agreement
- Elected officials have very broad
rights in terms of freedom of speech, very important
- If you take time & trouble to
become elected official, citizens have every right to comment, criticize,
but not necessarily intended as formal charges
- As board member, you have to listen to
what people say.
- McMillin had put on the agenda an item
of censure. Sub-committee agreed
with counsel that these were not formal charges of ethics policy unless
Board wanted to make charges. At
this point, censure is implied censure and McMillin withdrew censure
agenda item. Could be added at a
future meeting, but currently withdrawn.
- Will Brunton step down rather than be
pushed out? He will not be attending
the meeting. He is contemplating a
letter that will be read, but no knowledge at this point as to what he
will do or say. If he resigns as
chair, there will be a simple election.
If he does not resign, Board will have to vote to have him
- Statutory requirement on a calendar
year basis, organizational meeting in December for following year. New members sworn in and officers
- Announcement reminder including time
& place. Constituent leaders will send group meeting reminders.
- Letter of Intent is also finally coming
for vote at the 10/11 meeting.
Striving to get that done.
- Mission statement is on agenda for
approval. One board member
- Apple contract on 10/11 agenda.
- Board self-evaluation on 10/11 has been
postponed several times. Worthy of
discussion; the import of the self-evaluation, live up to agreements, hold
each other accountable. Theme and
lesson that they should work within own ranks to resolve issues. Self-evaluation was good dialogue, but
then board as a whole did not respond to controversy that came up
- Ethics policy needed, with procedure
adopted to implement. John Weed
assigned responsibility, but no action has been taken. No procedure to enforce the ethics of
the board. Accreditation will slam
us because Board did not do anything in response to recent incidents. Weed claims he is awaiting procedure
templates, which is causing delay in procedure.
- Question re: due process? Violating the code of ethics -- if
there's reference to due process, what is it? Due process is required when property
rights or liberty could be infringed upon (as stated in the
constitution). Due process =
hearing, confronting witnesses, etc.
On ethics matter or censure, the question is, is there liberty or a
due process right that has been deprived?
Ohlone attorney says not in this case. Conflict of interest might rise to that
level. Property right that might be
lost would be Trustees’ seat on the Board, if allegations found true. Brunton has license as certified financial
advisor. Attorney says Ohlone issue
is about Brunton being a good member of the community, being honest. Not criminal and not depriving Brunton
of any rights.
- If board wishes to censure, there is no
need for "due process".
In the absence of a procedure, they could still act.
- This is a political process, not a
matter for the courts. Board needs
to take care of this now.
- Question: What is this sense of reluctance on the
part of the Board to address these issues?
Self-protection? Reply: This
board, and almost all boards, pull together to avoid exposure. In this case, Mr. Weed as an attorney is
demanding due process. No duty, no
need to investigate since no criminal charges alleged. Weed persists, wants investigation. Reluctance of Board to go through that
process -- depositions, expense, articles.
No unwillingness to confront Brunton, just discomfort with Weed's
- Student question: Is there a time when Board will decide
enough is enough? Yes – 3:00 on
- There is a legal requirement that when
agenda goes out, location for all participating members has to be
included, so Brunton is not participating.
- Wright: Issue re: ethics and reluctance
of Board to deal with it – there’s something behind it. Weed's reaction to notion that Bob
unethical regarding Chinese delegation such an overreaction, Board ethics
code says "conflict of interest AND perception of conflict of interest". Board didn't do anything about it and they
were aware. Weed pushing for the need
to have an investigation so it doesn't implicate Board in negligence with
dealing with Brunton’s unethical behavior.
- Faculty Senate hoping discussion does
not disintegrate into another "charges vs. no charges"
debate. Board CAN take action
- Community College League states that if
President-Superintendent has a problem with a Board member, take it up
with Board President. What if the
problem is with the Board President?
- Lessons learned: Ohlone is a very
tolerant place, but a couple board members have gone on and on with
negative statements and obstructions, to the point where it's become
intolerable. Stakes are high. College community has to understand that
we can't be disengaged. Pay
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.
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